Silvena Rowe was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Her mother was Bulgarian and father was Turkish. At 19, she moved to London. Silvena cooked in the kitchen of the Notting Hill bookshop Books for Cooks, which led her to cook for Princess Michael of Kent, Ruby Wax and Tina Turner.

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Some of her publications include: 

  • Supergrub: Dinner-party Bliss on a Budget, HarperCollins, (2004)
  • Feasts: Food for Sharing from Central and Eastern Europe, Mitchell Beazley, (2006)
  • The Eastern and Central European Kitchen: Contemporary & Classic Recipes, Interlink, (2008)
  • Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean, Hutchinson, (2010)
  • Orient Express, Hutchinson, (2011)

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